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I hope that your Sunday has been fantastic and you’re looking forward to next week.
Before we get into this review I just want to apologise for both of my blog posts this week being so late in the week, and for this one going up so late today. I’m really busy at the moment and it’s been difficult to find time. Additionally, I usually write my Sunday blog post in the morning, or pre-write it. However, today I had really bad chest pain (not uncommon for me), so I went to an out of hours emergency doctor who diagnosed me with Tietze’s Syndrome which is inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs. I’m fine, it just meant that I didn’t start writing this post until later in the day, which is why it’s so late. I’m also super busy next week, so my two blog posts may be towards the end of the week again, but I am hoping to write them as soon as I can.
Anyway, enough rambling. Today I’ll be reviewing another product from a brand called Optiat. I have reviewed a coffee scrub from the brand before, which you can find my review for here. However, the coffee scrubs are the only products I’ve tried from the brand and, as I detailed in that post, they have other products and are continuously coming up with new ideas.
This ‘Face Mask Be Good Pamper Kit’ contains 3 sachets of their ‘The Hemp Collection’, and retails for £3.49 (although I bought these during a boxing day sale and used a code for money off).
As I did in my past Optiat review, I’ll quickly break down who the company is before moving into the review – so if you read my previous Optiat review then feel free to skip this part.
PLEASE NOTE: Optiat no longer sell these masks and instead offer facial coffee scrubs.
Optiat is a cruelty free and vegan brand, founded by two siblings called William and Anna Brightman. After having to throw away used coffee grounds at home, the pair researched and discovered the scale of how much coffee is sent to landfill each year in the UK. Understanding the magnitude of the problem, they set about creating a product to reuse these coffee grounds and prevent them going to landfill.
The brand name Optiat (pronounced ‘op-tee-at’) stands for ‘One person’s trash is another’s treasure’.
Their brand focuses on sustainability and creating a circular economy. They hope that this will demonstrate that everyone can be more resourceful, and inspire the beauty industry, more generally, to be less wasteful. For their coffee scrubs, they are supplied with used grounds from various coffee shops (you can view these in the link below).
Their coffee scrub line currently includes coffee scrubs that come in a large, or travel, size. As of 29/04/2017 they have: ‘Lemongrass Lifter’, ‘Mouthwatering Mandarin’, ‘Potent Peppermint’, and ‘Vanilla Velvet’. They also have created a line of hemp face masks made from repurposed hemp husks that come as powders to be mixed with water, which I will be reviewing today. The pamper kit that I used contains one of each of their hemp masks: ‘Purifying’, ‘Nourishing’, and ‘Men’s’. On their website they also sell reusable coffee cups and reusable tote bags to encourage you to be even more sustainable. They also (as of 29/04/2018) have new chai soap blocks available for pre-order. I expect that they’ll have even more products coming out soon since their brand keeps growing!
**UPDATE: AFTER GOING ON DRAGON’S DEN, OPTIAT HAS NOW RENAMED TO UPCIRCLE SO ALL LINKS IN THIS POST WILL BE TO THEIR NEW WEBSITE/CLOSEST PRODUCTS TO THE ONES REVIEWED.
These masks come in a white box that has ‘Optiat Be Good Pamper Kit’ printed on the front. When you open the box there’s a large flap that says ‘we believe in respecting the world around us by minimising the impact we humans have on our wider environment. We give new life to ingredients that would otherwise be discarded’. Under that there are two more flaps that have ‘ethical products’, ‘repurposing quality’, and ‘hand sourced products’ written on the left-hand side, and ‘cruelty free’, and ‘vegan friendly’ written on the right. Within this small box there are the three face mask sachets.
I can’t express enough how much I love this packaging. Since the products are small, sample-sized, versions of the larger tubes of hemp mask, I wasn’t expecting much when it came to packaging. However, this is fantastic and it successfully captures exactly what Optiat is about. I think it’s a really important message and I’m glad that they chose to include it with the packaging of this item.
Nourishing & Hydrating Hemp Mask
On the Optiat website, this product was described with the following:
‘Relax, unwind and luxuriate in the spa-like qualities of this nourishing clay mask. Mineral-rich Rhassoul Clay gently draws out impurities, while English Hemp Husks polish away dead skin cells. Calendula and Marshmallow Root hydrate, soothe and boost cell renewal.’
I chose to try this mask first since I have dry skin and thought that it would be the one most suitable to me. Firstly I think I added too much water, the instructions stated to add a small amount of water to create a paste but I didn’t manage to achieve a paste consistency with any of the masks.
Since it is such a natural product it does have a sort of earthy scent to it, which I’m not the greatest fan of, but didn’t mind. It also had small chunks of ingredients in it that I could see once it was applied to my face.
When applied it felt very cooling and relaxing. It did also start to dry down which made my face feel tight. Mine didn’t dry down 100% but I do think that’s because I added too much water, since the other two masks dried down fine.
After I’d washed the product off I felt like there was still residue on my face. I really didn’t like the feeling so I did go in with a toner after washing my face for a second time.
Overall, this mask made my skin feel soft and smooth and I noticed that I could pass the cotton pad of toner over my skin much easier than before. I also had a patch of dry skin on my cheek that was completely gone after using this mask.
Purifying & Exfoliating Hemp Mask
The description for this mask on the Optiat website was:
‘Deep cleanse your way to a clearer, more radiant complexion. English Hemp Husks gently polish away dead skin cells, while Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal draw out toxins. Skin-loving superfoods Chlorella and Kelp brighten your skin, boost cell renewal and fight the signs of ageing.’
I was slightly concerned about using this mask since it has charcoal in it and I tend to find charcoal drying on my, already dry, skin.
Once again I feel like I added too much water, it certainly wasn’t close to the paste consistency desired. However, it was less watery than the first one.
I left this one on for slightly longer than the 10 minutes directed because I lost track of time (as always – YouTube is to blame). Like the previous mask, it dried down and made my skin feel super tight. However, unlike the first one, this mask dried into every pore on my face, which is good since the bentonite clay and charcoal are supposed to draw out toxins.
After it was removed my skin once again felt soft and smooth. Additionally, despite it containing charcoal, my face didn’t feel dry at all, which was a pleasant surprise.
Men’s Exfoliating Hemp Mask
Finally, the description for this mask on the Optiat website was as follows:
‘Tackle impurities and soothe razor burn with this deep cleansing clay mask. English Hemp Husks polish away dead skin cells, while Bentonite and Activated Charcoal draw out toxins. Mineral-rich Fuller’s Earth absorbs excess oil, revitalises skin and acts as a natural antiseptic.’
So I knew this ‘men’s’ mask was coming in the set but I figured that skin is skin and it wouldn’t do me any harm to use a mask marketed towards men. Plus I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time to ask to try it out for me – stay tuned to see if I can rope him into future blog posts.
I had exactly the same issue with this not forming a paste and instead being super liquidy. Additionally, it dried down exactly like the others.
However, when I rinsed this mask off with warm water and pat my face dry I was really pleasantly surprised. My face felt incredibly soft, and I know I said this about the other two masks as well, but this was a whole different level of soft. Once again I was concerned that it would leave my skin feeling dry but it didn’t do that at all. In fact, I think that out of all the masks, this one worked the best for my skin.
Overall, all of these masks worked exceptionally well for me and they all left my skin feeling really soft and plump. Strangely, I think my least favourite was the ‘Nourishing & Hydrating’ mask which is odd since hydrating products are usually the ones that work best. Also my favourite mask from the set was definitely the ‘men’s’ one, it really did exfoliate my skin well but didn’t dry it out at all.
Now I think if you are interested in Optiat’s hemp mask collection, but don’t want to splurge on one without knowing which one works best for you, then this is absolutely a fantastic option for you. I think £3.49 for 3 masks is an amazing deal, and it allows you to find out if they work for you and which one(s) you like best.
In terms of the price of the full-sized ones, they are £17.95. Personally, this is more than I have ever spent on any one mask type and whether or not I could justify spending that I’m not sure. I do think that it would last a long time, since you don’t use a lot, and the mask is 100% natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty free, so there are a lot of positives to the masks. I think my issue is just psychologically spending that much in one go on just the one type of mask. This isn’t a reflection on the price, I think the price is absolutely justified for the product. It’s just my personal circumstances and view.
As mentioned at the beginning, you can no longer purchase these hemp masks. However, if you’d like to see their facial coffee scrubs or their serum, then you can do so here.
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